'We must remember him' - Veteran calls for memorial to hero friend

Falklands veteran Gavin Scott is calling for a city memorial to former naval marine engineer mechani

Falklands veteran Gavin Scott, from Costessey, who is calling for a memorial to former Royal Navy serviceman Frank Armes (on picture) and other servicemen who died in the conflict - Credit: Sonya Duncan

A young, "inspirational" Falklands War hero who died in the conflict could be given a memorial 40 years on.

Frank Armes, 21, a keen Norwich City fan who grew up in the Heartsease area, joined the Royal Navy on January 17, 1978, which was a lifelong dream.

Falklands veteran Gavin Scott is calling for a city memorial to former Norfolk naval marine engineer

Frank Armes, who grew up in Norwich, and died in the Falklands War in 1982 aged 21 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The marine engineer mechanic was tragically killed on May 25, 1982, along with 18 other crew, while stationed on HMS Coventry off West Falkland.

He would have been at the front of the vessel in the engine room at the time of the attack which also injured 30 people.

An aerial view of the Type 42 Destroyer, HMS Coventry on duty during the Falklands War

An aerial view of the Type 42 Destroyer, HMS Coventry on duty during the Falklands War - Credit: PA

And now his pal, Gavin Scott, 58, from Costessey, who got to know Mr Armes during Navy training after he joined up aged 16, has started a Crowdfunder to raise £2,000 for a permanent memorial bench in the city.

Falklands veteran Gavin Scott is calling for a city memorial to former Norfolk naval marine engineer

Gavin Scott while he was training to become an able seaman for the Royal Navy - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Mr Scott, who was an able seaman and on HMS Penelope during the war, said: "Frank had a wicked and dry sense of humour. He was one of those people you aspired to be like. He was a great sportsman. He loved Norwich. 

"The attack on HMS Coventry and Frank's death has stayed with me for 40 years. He was my friend and my brother in arms. People in the services become family.

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"It is soul-destroying when you lose a ship."

THE FALKLANDS WAR: British paratroopers carrying out emergency medical treatment on wounded comrades

THE FALKLANDS WAR: British paratroopers carrying out emergency medical treatment on wounded comrades whilst under fire on Mount Longdon during the Falklands campaign. - Credit: PA

The father-of-three, who left the Navy in 1988, said it was wrong and heart-breaking there was no permanent memorial in Norwich for people to remember all 255 British servicemen who fell during the Falklands conflict.

"It is the forgotten war. A lot of the servicemen who lost their lives were young lads," he added.

Falklands veteran Gavin Scott is calling for a city memorial to former naval marine engineer mechani

Falklands War veteran Gavin Scott, from Costessey, with a 40th anniversary commemorative flag - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Mr Scott believed there was strong support from people living in Norwich for a memorial bench and was shocked at the response to his fundraiser which has already raised £1,200.

He said the lack of support from Norwich City Council was a contrast to community support from organisations within Stalham which will mark the life of Royal Navy serviceman Richard Dunkerley, 22, who lived in the town and died on May 21, 1982, while on HMS Ardent, with a memorial service.

Falklands veteran Gavin Scott is calling for a city memorial to former Norfolk naval marine engineer

Falklands veteran Gavin Scott is calling for a city memorial to former Norfolk naval marine engineer first class Frank Armes who died during the Falklands war. Pictured is Richard Dunkerley from Stalham who also died. Byline: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

A Norwich City Council spokeswoman said: “Officers have been in contact with Mr Scott about progressing the idea of placing a memorial bench within one of Norwich’s parks.

“The council is also happy to engage with any organisers wishing to plan a formal commemorative event in Norwich."

To donate toward the memorial bench click here.

The Falklands War 

Fighting broke out by air, land and sea between Argentina and the UK in 1982 over 10 weeks of the undeclared war.

A view from the bridge of HMS Hermes as tugs ease her away from Portsmouth dockside as she prepared

A view from the bridge of HMS Hermes as tugs ease her away from Portsmouth dockside as she prepared to sail for the Falkland Islands. - Credit: PA

The conflict was over two British dependent territories in the South Atlantic - the Falkland Islands and its territorial dependency, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

It started on April 2 when Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands, followed by the invasion of South Georgia the next day.

On April 5, the British government dispatched a naval task force to engage the Argentine navy and air force before making an amphibious assault on the islands.

A Royal Navy sailor manning an anti-aircraft gun aboard HMS Hermes as the British Taskforce sails so

A Royal Navy sailor manning an anti-aircraft gun aboard HMS Hermes as the British Taskforce sails south to the Falkland Islands. - Credit: PA

The conflict lasted 74 days and ended with an Argentine surrender on 14 June, returning the islands to British control. 

Steel helmets abandoned by Argentine armed forces who surrendered at Goose Green to British Falkland

Steel helmets abandoned by Argentine armed forces who surrendered at Goose Green to British Falklands Task Force troops. - Credit: PA

In total, 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel, and three Falkland Islanders died during the hostilities.

Smoke pours from the Type 42 destroyer HMS A Sheffield as fire rages through the warship after she w

Smoke pours from the Type 42 destroyer HMS A Sheffield as fire rages through the warship after she was hit by an Argentinian missile fired from an Argentinian aircraft somewhere off the Falklands. - Credit: PA